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January 8, 2011

METALLICA's 'Black' Album Remains Top-Selling LP Of SoundScan Era


METALLICA is one of the top-selling artists since Nielsen SoundScan  began tracking album sales in May 1991, with cumulative U.S. sales of nearly 53 million copies. The band's 1991 self-titled fifth album, commonly known as "the black album," in 2009 surpassed SHANIA TWAIN's 1997 record, "Come On Over", as the best-selling CD of the SoundScan era. To date, the black album has sold 15,620,000 copies, eclipsing "Come On Over"'s total of 15,499,000.

The Nielsen SoundScan system began compiling sales electronically more than 19 years ago on a weekly basis, providing more accurate sales figures that form the basis for the Billboard music charts.

Top Ten Selling Albums Of SoundScan Era (1991 - January 2, 2011):

01. "Metallica" - METALLICA (15,620,000)
02. "Come On Over" - SHANIA TWAIN (15,499,000)
03. "Jagged Little Pill" - ALANIS MORISSETTE (14,673,000)
04. "Millennium" - BACKSTREET BOYS (12,115,000)
05. "Bodyguard" soundtrack - Various Artists (11,823,000)
06. "Supernatural" - SANTANA (11,709,000)
07. "Beatles 1" - THE BEATLES (11,703,000)
08. "Human Clay" - CREED (11,563,000)
09. "No Strings Attached" - 'N SYNC (11,117,000)
10." Falling Into You" - CELINE DION (10,785,000)